Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
The key to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' success is how even the most basic of their tunes sounds like an uprising in a town square, with full choir support to match frontman Alex Ebert's time-warped drawl. The analog-crackling and falsetto-exercising soul of "Please!" and its big, cavernous chorus of "looooove!" are emblematic of not just the simplicity on display but also why this band is so popular. The sheer volume of their vision means they might as well go full-on, and they do: see the rollicking Otis impression on "Country Calling" and the Bo Diddley hornfest on "In the Lion."